2004-02-03 : 11:05 p.m.
The Sheep Bandit Man


Current Song:
Current Rant:
Current Obsession:

Well, let me continue.

I'm just gonna include random euro quotes before I forget them.

On Jeremy Benthem who had himself stuffed in London: "He's a quirky" and on being stuffed: "though his head fell off so he's got a fake one on and a real one at his feet." Dr. Haywood

On Malthus: "People die, that's good!"

"Scrooge is the laissez-faire capitalist!" Haywood

I've got a whole hell of a lot of work to get done that I likely won't get done, at least tonight. I have a peer evaluation to do for remedial, er, freshman english. I'm only half done but I'll finish it in the AM. I was suppost to evaluate someone elses, but she never e-mailed it to me, so I ain't evaluating it. Even if I get it now, it's far too late! gaaah.

Ok, so I went to Ryerss again today. Had fun, was glad to be there, but man! the weather sucked! Jo put it best with her random observation while we were talking about Kenny, "it's fucking pouring!" Yes Jo Beth, it is pouring, it has been pouring, and you're just noticing it now? It was at least kinder than Lisa's "I don't want to feed the fucking horses." Can you tell none of us were enjoying the rain?

Anyway, I'm getting really scatterbrained here. I'm just gonna get to the Kenny story, watch more Amelie. It's gonna take me a year to finish it at my rate. ah well. Last Saturday (the one before the 31st) I took pictures of Kenny, against his wishes. I proceeded to e-mail the pics to Jo who then passed them on to Kaitlyn, Hailey, and Melissa. Anyway, she told Kenny she had the pictures, but wouldn't post them on the Internet if he payed her. He refused so she told him they were going up on the Internet. Kenny always wears a bandana, oops, pardon me, a headband, and there is something with him and sheep and sex (don't ask) so we often refer to him as the Sheep Bandit Man. Anyway, yesterday Jo tells Kenny that she posted the pictures at sheepbanditman.com, his new website. He then threatened to slap a lawsuit on her, but she informed him that he could have payed her and she wouldn't have posted them. Anyway, he believed her and we're all sure he went home and actually checked online. Too funny. She added a part about posting his address and charging membership... too funny. Anyway today it seems that Kenny was implying that there were sexual reasons as to why Andy broke his collar bone. Anyway, Jo jumps on him about calling women fat or something, he claims that's not what he implyed, she refused to listen and jumped into Lisa's truck and slammed the door on his face. He gave her the finger. Anyway, after being told all of this, I mention that this should be added to his website... he's gonna be told that soon. haha. Ah well. I love how I'm the one who took the pictures :)

Anyway, Amelie time. Then sleep time. Then wake up time. Then work time. Then school time. The Greylyn time. Then... ahhhh. The madness never ends!

Just so ya'll know today is 02-03-04. 2-3-4. :)

Lyric time! Rent of course. At least I admitted to my obsession.

FINALE B

(Suddenly, MIMI's hand twitches. Incredibly, she is still alive)

MIMI

I jumped over the moon

ROGER

What?

MIMI

A leap of moooooooooooo

JOANNE

She's back

MIMI

I was in a tunnel. Heading for this warm, white light

MAUREEN

Oh my god

MIMI

And I swear Angel was there and she looked GOOD! And she said, "Turn

around, girlfriend, and listen to that boy's song"

COLLINS

She's drenched

MAUREEN

Her fever's breaking

MARK

There is no future there is no past

ROGER

Thank God this moment's not the last

MIMI & ROGER

There's only us

There's only this

Forget regret or life is yours to miss

ALL

No other road no other way

No day but today

(As the finale grows, the entire COMPANY makes its way on stage)

WOMEN

I can't control

My destiny

I trust my soul

My only goal is just to be

MEN

Will I lose my dignity?

Will someone care?

Will I wake tomorrow

From this nightmare?

(MARK's film resumes, along with two more films projecting on the back

wall, "Scenes from RENT...")

WOMEN

Without you

The hand gropes

The ear hears

The pulse beats

Life goes on

But I'm gone

'Cause I die

Without you

I die without you

I die without you

I die without you

MEN

There's only now

There's only here

Give in to love

Or live in fear

No other path

No other way

No day but today

No day but today

No day but today

No day but today

ALL

No day but today

YOUR EYES

ROGER

Your eyes

As we said our goodbyes

Can't get them out of my mind

And I find I can't hide

From your eyes

The ones that took me by surprise

The night you came into my life

Where there's moonlight I see your eyes

(Band takes over)

How'd I let you slip away

When I'm longing so to hold you

Now I'd die for one more day

'Cause there's something I should have told you

Yes there's something I should have told you

When I looked into your eyes

Why does distance make us wise?

You were the song all along

And before this song dies

I should tell you I should tell you

I have always loved you

You can see it in my eyes

(We hear Musetta's Theme, played correctly and passionately. MIMI's

head falls to the side and her arm drops limply off the edge of the table)

Mimi!

FINALE (The lot and the loft)

ALL SEVEN HOMELESS

Christmas bells are ringing

Christmas bells are ringing

Christmas bells are ringing

How time flies

When compassion dies

No stockings

No candy canes

No gingerbread

No safety net

No loose change

No change no

ONE HOMELESS MAN

"Santy Claus is coming"

ALL

Cause Santy Claus ain't coming

No room at the Holiday Inn again

Well, maybe next year

Or -- when

(Lights shift back to the loft. A small prjector rests on a milk crate,

which is on a dolly)

MARK

December 24th, ten p.m. Eastern standard time

I can't believe a year went by so fast

Time to see what we have time to see

Turn the projector on

(A rough title credit, "Today 4 U: Proof Positive," appears, followed by

a shot from last Christmas of ROGER tuning his guitar)

First shot Roger

With the fender guitar he just got out of hock

When he sold the car

That took him away and back

ROGER

I found my song

MARK

He found his song

If he could just find Mimi

ROGER

I tried - you know I tried

(MARK's image appears on-screen)

MARK

Fade in on Mark

Who's still in the dark

ROGER

But he's got great footage

MARK

Which he's cut together

ROGER

To screen tonight

(BENNY's image appears on screen)

MARK

In honor of Benny's wife

ROGER

Muffy

MARK

Alison

Pulling Benny out of the East Village location

(The projector blows a fuse. Blackout)

ROGER

Then again, maybe we won't screen it tonight

MARK

I wonder how Alison found out about Mimi?

ROGER

Maybe a little bird told her

(COLLINS enters in the dark, with several twenty-dollar bills in each

hand)

COLLINS

Or an angel

(Lights fade up)

I had a little hunch that you could use a little flow

ROGER

Tutoring again?

COLLINS

Negative

MARK

Back at N.Y.U.?

COLLINS

No, no, no

I rewired the ATM at the food emporium

To provide an honorarium to anyone with the code

ROGER & MARK

The code

Well...?

COLLINS

A-N-G-E-L

Yet Robin Hooding isn't the solution

The powers that be must be undermined where they dwell

In a small, exclusive gourmet institution

Where we overcharge the wealthy clientele

ALL THREE

Let's open up a restaurant in Santa Fe

With a private corner banquette in the back

COLLINS

We'll make it yet, we'll somehow get to Santa Fe

ROGER

But you'd miss New York before you could unpack

ALL

Ohh

(MAUREEN and JOANNE enter, carrying MIMI)

MAUREEN

Mark! Roger! Anyone - help!

MARK

Maureen?

MAUREEN

It's Mimi - I can't get her up the stairs

ROGER

No

(They enter the loft)

MAUREEN

She was huddled in the park in the dark

And she was freezing

And begged to come here

ROGER

Over here

Oh, God

(They lay her down carefully on the table)

MIMI

Got a light - I know you - you're shivering

JOANNE

She's been living on the street

ROGER

We need some heat

MIMI

I'm shivering

MARK

We can buy some wood and something to eat

COLLINS

I'm afraid she needs more than heat

MIMI

I heard that

MAUREEN

Collins will call for a doctor, honey

MIMI

Don't waste your money on Mimi, me, me

COLLINS

Hello 911?

I'm on hold

MIMI

Cold...cold... would you light my candle?

ROGER

Yes we'll oh God - find a candle

MIMI

I should tell you

I should tell you

ROGER

I should tell you

I should tell you

MIMI

I should tell you

Benny wasn't any

ROGER

Shhh--I know

I should tell you why I left

It wasn't cause I didn't

MIMI

I know

I should tell you

ROGER

I should tell you

MIMI (whispering)

I should tell you

I love you

(MIMI fades)

ROGER

Who do you think you are?

Leaving me alone with my guitar

Hold on there's something you should hear

It isn't much but it took all year

(MIMI stirs and ROGER begins playing acoustic guitar at her bedside)

WHAT YOU OWN

MARK

"Hi, Mark Cohen for Buzzline...Back to you Alexi. Coming up, vampire

welfare queens who are compulsive bowlers."

Oh God, what am I doing?

Don't breathe too deep

Don't think all day

Dive into work

Drive the other way

That drip of hurt

That pint of shame

Goes away

Just play the game

You're living in America

At the end of the millennium

You're living in America

Leave your conscience at the tone

And when you're living in America

At the end of the millennium

You're what you own

(Lights up on ROGER)

ROGER

The filmmaker cannot see

MARK

And the songwriter cannot hear

ROGER

Yet I see Mimi everywhere

MARK

Angel's voice is in my ear

ROGER

Just tighten those shoulders

MARK

Just clench your jaw till you frown

ROGER

Just don't let go

BOTH

Or you may drown

You're living in America

At the end of the millennium

You're living in America

Where it's like the Twilight Zone

And when you're living in America

At the end of the millennium

You're what you own

So I own not a notion

I escape and ape content

I don't own emotion - I rent

MARK

What was it about that night

ROGER

What was it about that night

BOTH

Connection- in an isolating age

MARK

For once the shadows gave way to light

ROGER

For once the shadows gave way to light

BOTH

For once I didn't disengage

(MARK goes to the pay phone and dials)

MARK

Angel I hear you I hear it

I see it I see it

My film!

ROGER

Mimi I see you I see it

I hear it- I hear it

My song

MARK (on the phone)

Alexi--Mark

Call me a hypocrite

I need to finish my own film

I quit

ROGER

One song glory

Mimi

Your eyes

BOTH

Dying in America

At the end of the millennium

We're dying in America

To come into our own

And when you're dying in America

At the end of the millennium

You're not alone

I'm not alone

I'm not alone

HALLOWEEN (Outside the church)

MARK

(On the pay phone)

Hi. It's Mark Cohen. Is Alexi there?...No, don't bother her. Just tell her I'm

running a little late for our appointment...Yes, I'm still coming... Yes, I signed

the contract... Thanks

How did we get here?

How the hell

Pan left - close on the steeple of the church

How did I get here?

How the hell...

Christmas

Christmas Eve last year

How could a night so frozen be so scalding hot?

How can a morning this mild be so raw?

Why are entire years strewn

On the cutting room floor of memory

When single frames from one magic night

Forever flicker in close-up

On the 3D Imax of my mind

That's poetic

That's pathetic

Why did Mimi knock on Roger's door

And Collins choose that phone booth

Back where Angel set up his drums

Why did Maureen's equipment break down

Why am I the witness

And when I capture it on film

Will it mean that it's the end

And I'm alone

I'LL COVER YOU (REPRISE) (In a church - Angel's

memorial)

MIMI

Angel was one of my closest friends. It's right that it's Halloween, because it

was her favorite holiday. I knew we'd hit it off from the moment we met. That

skin head was bothering her, and she said she was more of a man than he'd

ever be, and more of a woman than he'd ever get

MARK

and then there was that time that he walked up to this group of tourists

and, they were petrified, because, a) they were obviously lost, and b) they had

probably never spoken to a drag queen before in their lives...and he...she just

offered to escort them out of Alphabet City, and then she let them take a

picture with her, and then she said she'd help 'em find the Circle Line

MAUREEN

so much more original then any of us...you'd find an old table cloth on the

street and make a dress...and next year, sure enough - they'd be mass

producing them at the Gap. You always said how lucky you were that we

were all friends. But it was us, baby, who were the lucky ones

COLLINS

Live in my house

I'll be your shelter

Just pay me back

With one thousand kisses

Be my lover

And I'll cover you

Open your door I'll be your tenant

Don't got much baggage to lay at your feet

But sweet kisses I've got to spare

I'll be there I'll cover you

I think they meant it

When they said you can't buy love

Now I know you can rent it

A new lease you were, my love, on life

All my life

I've longed to discover

Something as true

As this is

(The following is sung simultaneously.)

JOANNE & SOLOIST

So with a thousand sweet kisses

I'll cover you with a thousand sweet kisses

I'll cover you with a thousand sweet kisses

I'll cover you iwht a thousand sweet kisses

I'll cover you

COLLINS

If you're cold and you're lonely

You've got one nickel only

When you're worn out and tired

When your heart has expired

COMPANY

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred moments so dear

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred measure a year

Oh lover I'll cover you

Oh lover I'll cover you

COLLINS & COMPANY

Oh lover

I'll cover you

Oh lover

COLLINS

I'll cover you

COMPANY

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

Five hundred twenty-five thousand seasons of love

COLLINS

I'll cover you



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